Being a father shouldn’t be that hard when you’re an NBA player. You get paid millions of dollars a year, and could actually take care of multiple families if you so desire.
In fact, we can be pretty sure there are a few players doing so right now.
Apparently, making millions does not always lead athletes to be good, supporting parents. And some NBA players are guilty of being deadbeats.
So what is a deadbeat exactly?
Well, according to Urban Dictionary, a deadbeat is: A father who does not provide for a family that he was part of creating. Does not have morals or a responsible enough nature to realize how difficult he is making life for his family.
The term couldn’t have been defined any better, and it’s quite a shame that players who we all admire have found themselves being deadbeat dads.
Some of them made things harder by having multiple kids with multiple women, yet it’s no excuse.
So as such, here’s a list of 15 players whom you may be shocked to learn are, or used to be, deadbeat dads. Of course, a few retirees had to be thrown in there because it simply couldn’t be avoided.
15 Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson is certainly a glowing example when it comes to grit, fearlessness and tenacity. The former player was probably always the shortest one on the court whenever he played, but no one had more heart.
Family matters, however, won’t ever see him get a ringing endorsement. His domestic disputes were well documented and he was said to have left his family for broke after his estranged wife Tawana filed for divorce, despite making well over $200 million during his career.
It is claimed that Iverson emptied the account that his ex-wife took money from to take care of herself and her five children, leaving them to fend for themselves.
A few years back, Tawana filed for over $1 million in child support, but the pair are believed to have worked things out on that front.
14 Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson represented the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Olympiacos, Miami Heat, AEK Athens, and Maccabi Tel Aviv during his career, and was said to have fathered nine kids.
In 1996, the former forward spent a few hours in a Houston jail over a child support dispute. He returned to play for the Knicks thereafter, but claimed that he wasn’t a deadbeat.
"I feel like I let the Knicks organization down,” he said in a statement to the press. “What you all heard about delinquent child support, that's not the case.
“The issue is not dealing with delinquent child support or me being a misfit father or a deadbeat father. Because I'm not. I'll always be there to support my kids. That hurt more than anything for this issue to come out that I haven't been paying child support.”
Anderson insisted that the dispute came about because he wanted a trust fund in his daughter’s name and not her mother.
13 Karl Malone
The Mailman, as he was known, is one of the greatest forwards in NBA history even though he did not win a ring during his 19-year career.
The former Utah Jazz big man is considered a true deadbeat dad, having failed to support three of his seven kids. The four he had with his wife are well taken care of, yet the children outside of that relationship were quite unfortunate.
Malone allegedly got a 13-year-old pregnant when he was 20 and, despite already making NBA bucks, fought $125-a-week child support demands. He then had twins with another mom, and refused to acknowledge them until the media caught wind of it and stories regarding their existence were published.
12 Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson was the first pick of the 1991 NBA draft, having gotten picked by the Charlotte Hornets after a stellar college career. He only spent 10 years in the league, ending his metier with the New York Knicks after joining them in 1996.
The former power forward was accused of being a deadbeat dad by four different women, AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, with whom he fathered five kids.
Johnson reportedly filed for bankruptcy in 2015, claiming that he had over $300,000 in unpaid debts, nearly half of which was for child support.
The two-time All-Star did have a glittering career, barring titles, but his parenting flaws have left him in a very bad place. Having five kids with four women doesn’t exactly help make things easier for you, as he has since found out.
11 Shawn Kemp
Shawn Kemp is still regarded as one of the most talented athletes to have ever graced the NBA. The former Seattle Supersonics man was a walking highlight reel in his prime, before he began struggling with weight issues.
Kemp got business done on the court, as well as off it, and was known for sleeping with multiple women. The former star had seven children with six different women, although the unofficial number is thought to be in double figures.
Kemp has also found himself in trouble with the law since leaving the NBA. Back in 2005, he was found to be in possession of a semiautomatic pistol, two grams of cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana, for which he was charged. A year later, he was again arrested for misdemeanour marijuana possession.
10 Jason Caffey
Jason Caffey probably isn’t all that popular. Hell, his kids may not even know who he is, yet he did win two NBA rings as a player.
That’s right, Caffey was part of the Chicago Bulls team, led by the legendary Michael Jordan, that won the championship in 1996 and 1997. The erstwhile power forward would have won a third as well, if he wasn’t traded to the Golden State Warriors in the middle of the following campaign.
A third ring probably wouldn’t have made him a better father, though. Apparently, Caffey fathered 10 kids, and hardly took care of them. He attempted bankruptcy after leaving the league, was sued for failing to pay child support – understandably – and even served time in jail for assaulting a male stripper.
Let’s not assume the worst though, re the stripper.
9 Paul George
A lot of NBA players can be looked up to as role models, but the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George isn’t one of them.
The star forward apparently got a stripper pregnant back in 2015 and, according to a Judge who sat on the paternity case, tried everything he could to avoid taking responsibility for his daughter.
Justice Matthew Cooper wrote: “Even though it is all but certain that [George] is the father of the 5-month-old baby girl at the center of this case, he has gone to every length imaginable to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.”
It was alleged that the player never saw the child, nor did he ever ask to see her or offer to provide any of her needs.
8 Calvin Murphy
Easily one of the best players to ever represent the Houston Rockets, Calvin Murphy was also one of the shortest players in the history of the NBA. But despite his diminutive stature, the 5 ft 10 in guard was a dominant scorer who ended his career on 17,949 points.
Murphy was a scorer off the court as well, and had 14 kids with nine different women – after all, he did make his name as a baton twirler before hitting the hardwood.
After retiring from the game, he remained with the Rockets, working in various broadcasting roles. He also hosted the ‘Calvin Murphy Show’ on ESPN Radio between 2007 and 2010.
Back in 2004, though, the ex-player was accused of molesting five of his daughters, but was later acquitted after facing trial.
While he doesn't fit the definition exactly, the accusations were just as bad.
7 Royce White
This player now plays his ball with the London Lightning in Canada, but was drafted by the Rockets as the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 draft.
White is believed to have had five children with four different baby mamas. And as you can imagine, they don’t have many positive remarks to make when his name is brought up.
“He’s a deadbeat!” one of them is claimed to have said. “He doesn’t know how to be a father, he probably spells ‘Father’ with a ‘ph’ because he just doesn’t get it.
“My daughter calls him and he sends the calls the voicemail. He won’t pick up the phone for his own daughter!”
Another declared: “He hasn’t denied my baby or pregnancy but he has claimed that he’s going to sue for custody so he won’t have to pay child support. He even offered me $20,000 for an abortion.”
6 Kenny Anderson
Kenny Anderson is a former Point guard who played for the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks, among other teams, over the span of a 15-year basketball career.
He fathered seven children, but is said to have neglected five of them. After marrying his first wife, Tami Roman (mother of two of his daughters), Anderson began an affair with Suany Castro. He later divorced Roman and married Tamiyka Anderson, only to go through another divorce.
Anderson failed to pay child support to his first wife, as well as the other women mentioned, but Suany and Tamiyka seemed to be happy with his contributions, albeit not monetary.
"He hasn't paid child support in over a year," Castro revealed. "I have a really good relationship with him. He supports my kids in other ways."
If nothing else, he’s creative.
5 Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is rumored to have at least eight kids, but he’s only owned up to four. The Rockets center was accused by Christine Vest – the mother of his son Trey – of neglecting the kid in a furious Instagram rant two years ago, when Trey was two.
“Trey hasn’t done anything to you and even if he did, you should never ignore your own child if you love them,” she posted on the social media site.
“Last I checked…you cheated (again)..I caught u…u went silent….k so u don’t want ME? …that’s fine…but what about ur kid? I’m all about Trey having both parents regardless of circumstances and I thought you did too…so where are you?…*silence*… No one is THAT busy”
She deleted the post sometime after, so we can assume that they patched things up. Then again, he could have threatened her; he’s pretty big, y’know.
4 Nerlens Noel
The 22-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward came into the NBA as the 6th overall pick of the 2014 draft, getting selected by the New Orleans Pelicans. He was then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and the rights to draft Pierre Jackson.
Noel joined the Mavericks this year in a trade involving Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson, and is averaging 9.0 points a game as things stand.
Back in 2014 he player was accused of being a deadbeat dad and refusing to pay child support by a woman named Jamie who claimed to have his child. Noel signed an affidavit acknowledging the child as his own and agreed to pay $10,000 in child support every month, but stopped the payments after the third month.
Jamie filed a lawsuit, to which Noel responded by shooting back legal documents of his own, which claim that: "[He] does not have sufficient knowledge of information to know whether [Jamie] engaged in sexual relations with other men during the times pertinent to this case."
3 Chris Bosh
Perhaps the most shocking entry in this list, Chris Bosh apparently shirked his paternal duties with his daughter Trinity.
The forward, who has been out of action since February of 2016 due to health complications, is now happily married to Adrienne Bosh. But, some six years ago, former girlfriend Allison Mathis accused the player of being the worst of deadbeats.
Allison claimed that Bosh left her when she was seven months pregnant with Trinity, and kicked her out of their $1.6 million home, forcing her to move back in with her mother. He also denied that the baby was his, and the insinuations led to a very stressful and complicated pregnancy.
So disappointed was the scorned mom, she refused to let Trinity watch her dad play when she was old enough to. She even sued him for getting her fired from reality TV show Basketball Wives, insisting that he interfered with her employment.
Prior to that, Bosh had sued the show’s production company for exploiting his past relationship with Allison, but the case was thrown out of court by a judge.
2 Jason Kidd
The Milwaukee Bucks head coach is one of the best point guards to ever play the game, and is still regarded as one of the best passers of the basketball by many.
Kidd's career got off to a rough start, mainly because he was simply young and stupid, but he has tried his best to smooth some rough edges over the years.
The ex-guard had a child out of wedlock with Alexandria Brown a little over 20 years ago, and although they have been on good terms for some time now, things weren’t exactly rosy during the pregnancy and she had to file a paternity suit against Kidd.
Kidd, however, denies ever neglecting his son.
"I never denied he is my son, and legally I've done everything to take care of him financially," he said. "The day he was born is a day I'll always remember. Those kinds of things happen every day, but mine got blown out of proportion because I'm an athlete."
Ah, an athlete. That explains it.
1 Tyrone Nesby
Tyrone Nesby wasn’t a household name in the world of basketball, and his biggest achievement to date is probably the fact that he managed to rack up nearly £1 million in unpaid child support.
The former small forward, who hails from Cairo, Illinois (disappointingly not the one in Egypt, because that would have been really cool), played in the NBA between 1999 and 2002 for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards, spent most of his career in the NBDL.
Nesby was ordered to pay the sum of $977,402.05 in restitution for child support back in 2011, and was also placed on a five-year probation after pleading guilty to charges of wilfully and unlawfully failing to pay child support in three different districts.